The subject lead for computing at Darwen St James is Miss Sears and supported by Mrs Meagher.
At Darwen St James the use of computing is recognised as a valuable tool to develop and enhance the learning experiences of our pupils. As computing is always emerging and evolving in the world around us, we feel it is important to teach the necessary skills to prepare them for their future. We enable them to explore, analyse, exchange and present information in a range of different ways using computing equipment. This begins in the Early Years through the use of Mini Mash and toys that nurture computational thinking.
We are extremely lucky to have Chromebooks available across alll of our classrooms. These are used within all areas of the curriculum to extend the childrens learning and experiences. The children are constantly developing their use of;
Information Technology - is very broad as it involves the creation, organisation and manipulation of digital content in both key stages – digital content could be interpreted as many things from audio to images to film and beyond. In Key Stage 2, information technology steps up because children should also be taught how to use search technologies effectively and how to analyse, present and evaluate data.
Digital Literacy - is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.
Computer Science - is the study of the numerous processes that interact with different sources of data and information and that can be represented, as a result, in the form of apps, games, software or programs
Online safety underpins all of our computing at Darwen St James, you can find out more information by clicking the online safety tab below.
Purple Mash can be accessed by ALL children from Nursery to Year 6 should they choose to do so. Some tasks are allocated daily, see ‘2 Do’ list. (top left-hand corner) Some other activities will be allocated weekly. You can access any activities, or games if you choose, even if they have not been allocated.
For the activities allocated, there may be ‘levels’ of difficulty so some levels will be more challenge than others. The children are not expected to complete all levels, it is completely up to them and their stage of learning. Some activities may require adult support to access.
We hope to vary all activities so there is a wide range to choose from. Activities also do not have to be completed on the set date! Worksheets and other resources can be found to download and print, should you choose to do so.
Above all, whatever learning you decide to do with your child, make it simple and keep it fun!!
To access Purple Mash:-
- the Purple Mash logo below
- log in with the username and password provided by your child’s teacher
- If you need a reminder of your child’s log in details, please speak to their class teacher.
This term Year 1 have been learning about Animation. We are using the 2 Create a Story tool on Purple Mash to make our own animated ebooks. We learned how to draw pictures, add text and make the images on the pages move in different directions.
Year 2 have been learning about ‘Presenting Ideas’. They have looked at traditional tales presented as quizzes, mind maps, e-books and fact files and have created their own quiz using the Purple Mash program ‘2Quiz’.
This term we have been learning about coding. Year 1 have learned what an object and an action are. We’re having great fun blocking commands to make objects move in different directions across the screen.
Year 3 has been learning about branching databases. We started by looking at what a database is and then looked at understanding how yes /no questions work. After that, we looked at completing branching databases about vegetables. Finally, we created our own branching databases using 2Question on Purple Mash.
Year 4 are learning to use Logo. We need to write instructions to make our ‘turtle’ move on the page in different directions. We have learnt instructions such as forward, back and turn and we have also learnt how to use the pen up, pen down and to change the colour and thickness of our pen.
Mini Mash in Reception.
Reception Class have been using the teddy bear pin on Mini Mash to draw Daddy bear, Mummy bear and baby bear on their chairs.
The children could choose a range of different textures for their bears.
This half term, Year 1 have completed a Lego Builders Unit. Children have learned that when building something, they need to follow accurate instructions. Year 1 learned that an algorithm is a precise,
step-by-step set of instructions used to solve a problem or achieve an objective. They experienced the effect of carrying out a task with no instructions and know that computers need precise instructions to follow. Year 1 know that an algorithm written for a computer to follow is called a program. Year 1 have also learned how to correct errors in an algorithm or program and that this process is called ‘debugging’.
This half term, Year 2 have completed a ‘Questioning’ unit. The children have been asking and answering questions using yes/no. They have gained an understanding that questions are limited to ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in a binary tree and have used a database on 2Question to find out answers to simple questions.
Year 4 have been investigating spreadsheets. We have explored cells and learnt how to insert text and images into a cell. We can edit cells and know how to move and lock a cell. We also learnt how to use a spreadsheet as a calculator and have added the totals of rows and columns.
In year 5 we have been designing our own maze game using 2DIY3D. We have used the blocks to create walls to form our maze, over 3 levels, and then imported images and sounds to bring it to life! Each maze level has its own theme and baddie for the player to avoid!
The children listened to different scenarios from fairy tale stories on using the internet and questions were asked, eg: if you are watching something on your ipad and it was bad, you tell a parent or adult. We also talked about our feelings, how watching some things can make us happy or sad. The children also designed their own ipad game and talked about what we did at home.
With the help of Smartie the penguin Reception Class have learned about what they would do if they saw something on thir devices that made them feel sad, scared or worried.
The children then drew their favourite game or app they play on at home and told their techer who they would tell if something was wrong.
Year 1 have listened to the story of Digi Duck and discussed how to keep safe online.
Year 2 were looking at asking permission and what this meant both online and offline. They then looked at different ways at asking permission using stem sentences. They then wrote for permission to use a device using their stem sentences.
Year 4 really enjoyed watching and discussingThe Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew. These cartoons illustrated 5 online safety SMART rules and included a real life SMART Crew of young people, who guided the cartoon characters in their quest, and helped them make safe online decisions.
After the film and a discussion to check understanding, we then created our own SMART posters.
The children had to think of different examples of bullying, teasing, banter and joking. They then made dice out of these. In pairs, they shared their examples whilst their partner identified if it was bullying, banter, joking or teasing. If they agreed the game continued, if they disagreed they had to discuss their opinions and came to a conclusion.
In the second activity the children needed to decide who they would report different situations to, if anyone. Each tech based situation was displayed on the board and discussed. They ranged from texts to game streams. The children voted and we then discussed the best option and why.
We looked at Internet Safety infographic posters together, and discussed what sort of areas they covered: social media, emails and websites. Then we identified that there wasn't a poster about Gaming, which for most of Year 6 is the main way they spend time on the internet. I then gave them individual access to the bbc website https://www.bbc.com/
Here are our Festive Card winners of 2021! A huge well done toy you and to everybody that entered.
During Autumn 2 your child will be participating in the Purple Mash Festive Card Competition. They have been asked to design a festive image using ‘2Paint a Picture’ in Purple Mash. Purple Mash is a multi-award-winning educational website that gives your child access to over 30 powerful creative tools at school and at home. Your child has already been given their Purple Mash login. If they don’t know their login, then please contact their class teacher. The winning design will become the official 2Simple (Purple Mash) festive card and the winners will be awarded 25 printed copies of their card, a £10 Amazon voucher and a 2Simple Goody Bag. Their card will also be made into an e-card through Purple Mash. They can log in to Purple Mash here: https://www.purplemash.com/darwen-stj You can find out more about the competition by visiting https://2simple.com/blog/enter-the-festive-card-competition-2021/
In Year 3 we have been developing our skills in coding through using flow charts, timers and repeat commands, testing and debugging. We have put all our new skills together to design and create our own interactive scenes.
This term in Computing, Year 5 are looking at coding. We are aiming to design and produce our own coding, which works independently. Although this can be a little tricky, we are working hard and applying our growth mindset!
During our Computing lessons we have been learning how to log in using our password. We have also been learning how to open a 2Do and save our work. Last week we coloured in a picture of a teddy bear using the tools in 2Paint.
In Computing this term, Year 2 will complete two units; Effective Searching and Online Safety.
During the Online safety unit, the children used Purple Mash to search, save and share their work onto the digital display board. They learnt how to send a simple e-mail using 2Respond and how to keep their personal data safe on the internet. They also gained an understanding of what a digital footprint is and the type of information they leave online.
In Year 4 we are looking at online safety. We are remembering the SMART rules. We discussed what a digital footprint is and talked about what information should and shouldn’t be shared online. We have practised receiving spam emails and discussed what could happen if we reply to them. We know to report spam emails to a teacher or delete them straight away if we don’t know who the sender is. We have also learnt how to spot a safe website and how to stop viruses attacking our devices. We have made a comic style leaflet called Online Safety Top Tips!
Currently in year 5 we are looking at online safety. So far the children have learnt what SMART stands for and created comic books using Purple Mash to explain the acronym to other children.
Year 6 have been learning about online safety this term, before moving on to learning about blogging. In online safety we have learned what our digital footprint is, and how it might affect our lives in the future. We have also learned about our own screen time, by keeping a record for a week and creating a database to show the results. The photos show screenshots of some of the children’s work in Online Safety, and some of our database results.